Adult Programs

Elm Grove Reads 12: An Evening with Emma Straub, author of This Time Tomorrow

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Elm Grove Woman’s Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road

thumbnail_Emma Straub_credit to Melanie Dunea_color_0921 Opens in new windowThe Fthumbnail_ThisTimeTomorrow_CoverImage Opens in new windowriends of the Elm Grove Library, in conjunction with Boswell Book Company, invite you a special evening with New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub, for a presentation of her new novel, This Time Tomorrow, a book that combines her trademark charm and wit with a moving father-daughter story and a playful twist on the idea of time travel. In conversation with Noah Weckwerth of the Elm Grove Library.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $28 + tax and fees, and can be purchased here. Ticket includes a signed copy of the book. Books will be distributed at the event.

What if you could take a vacation to your past? On the eve of her fortieth birthday, Alice is content, but something is missing. And her father, the single parent who raised her, is ailing and out of reach. How did they get here so fast? Did she take too much for granted along the way? When Alice wakes up the next morning somehow back in 1996, it isn’t her sixteen-year-old body that is the biggest shock, or the possibility of romance with her adolescent crush. It’s her dad: the vital, charming, forty-nine-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, is there anything that she should do differently this time around? With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story - about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.

Emma Straub is author of All Adults Here, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, and the short story collection Other People We Married. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn.

Cold War Wisconsin / Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Discover why Joseph Stalin's daughter lived her final days in Wisconsin, why nuclear missiles were on alert in Milwaukee, how a tiny cargo ship from Kewaunee is still captive in North Korea, and other Badger State tales of the Cold War era during this presentation by Chris Sturdevant, author of Cold War Wisconsin. Free to attend. No registration needed.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Matron Saint of the Brush / Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

Called the “Southwest’s Matron Saint of the Brush,” O’Keeffe devoted her life and her art to “distilling in form and color the essence of the world she saw.” Her signature style was “abstracting from nature,” monumentalizing “something small in the interest of surprising viewers into taking time to look at it.” Alfred Steiglitz, her mentor, impresario, and eventual husband, recognized that she was doing something never been done in American art before. Upon seeing her charcoal “Specials” for the first time, he proclaimed, “Finally a woman on paper!”

This 90 minute program will survey the life and works of an American master, from early life in Wisconsin through her formative years in New Mexico, and her prevailing legacy as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Presented by Professor Karri Fritz-Klaus. Free to attend. No registration required.

A Cup of Health: Heart Health / Tuesday, July 26, 1:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

Join us for a one-hour educational session, presented by a registered nurse, to learn about ways to protect your heart health by knowing your numbers and identifying your personal risk. 

This is the third in a series of five "Cup of Health" presentations in 2022. The presentations are co-sponsored by the Waukesha County Public Health Dept., the ADRC of Waukesha County, and the Elm Grove Library. Handout on the topic and a small gift will be available for participants at the end of each session.

Please register in advance for this presentation.

Recycling: Up Close & Personal / Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

We use a lot of finite resources. Discover the numbers behind consumption on a global and nationwide scale and how you can reduce this number. Find out what happens to many of these materials, and how recycling helps us manage much of what we consume.

Presented by the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use. Recommended for ages 16+. Free to attend. Minimum of 15 attendees required for program to be held. Please register in advance.

Bizarre History of Wisconsin: Strange Stories From Our Past / Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

This presentation showcases over 100 bizarre newspaper stories from Wisconsin, many not seen in over 100 years! These unbelievable stories were not lost; they were simply hidden. Enjoy a portal back to the early days of the state, a time filled with strange deaths, ghosts, sea serpents, peculiar people, medical anomalies, oddities, psychic phenomena, and UFOs This will change the way you view the good ol' days! Presented by Chad Lewis. Free to attend. No registration required.